Jury selection began yesterday in the trial of Andrea Sneiderman. To the dismay of many viewers, HLN did not show the jury selection process. Thank goodness for Wild About Trial, who is live streaming the jury selection process on their website.
In other Wild About Trial news, they added journalist and legal correspondent Beth Karas to their trial reporting family. It’s still hard to believe that CNN/HLN let her go yet to decided to keep some of the other analysts.
But I digress.
Jury selection is advancing faster than expected. Out of a poll of 283 people, attorneys were able to qualify 22 jurors, more than half of the number needed to proceed to the next phase of the trial.
Most of the potential jurors told attorneys that they have heard of Andrea Sneiderman. They were familiar with her name from new reports. Most did not offer an opinion on the case.
One potential juror this morning told attorneys that the fact that children had been involved, she “didn’t think it was right.”
When asked if she thought Andrea was involved in the murder, she answered: “Sort of, yeah, from what I do know, I do feel that she was involved in some way… I’m not saying she told him [Hemy] to do it but I do feel there is some involvement.”
Do you believe she is guilty of some crime? “Yes,” said the potential juror.
That’s one juror who didn’t make the cut.
Late Monday, Judge Adams agreed to remove Ms. Sneiderman’s ankle monitoring bracelet and release her from house arrest. He also reduced her bond from $250,000 to $50,000. He ordered Ms. Sneiderman to avoid all contact with potential witnesses.
Judge Adams ruled this morning that physical evidence from the Hemy Neuman trial will be released to the DA for use in Ms. Sneiderman’s trial.
Social media has been abuzz with the trial. #Sneiderman was trending throughout much of the afternoon.
Ryan Stansbury, a friend of Ms. Sneiderman, told Dr. Drew that there was no affair between Mr. Neuman and Ms. Sneiderman. “She has never lied about anything. [Attorneys] may not have liked her answers, but she has never lied about anything.”
Though the most serious counts against her have been dropped, Ms. Sneiderman still faces 13 felony charges including perjury, making false statements to law enforcement, hindering apprehension of a criminal and concealing a material fact in connection with the death of her husband.